April 1, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – The Florida State football team continued spring practice Monday afternoon in full pads. The team worked on the practice fields for 5 periods before moving to Doak Campbell Stadium for a half-scrimmage. All four FSU quarterbacks got a six-play series from the 40-yard line. Quarterback Chris Rix hit wide receiver P.K. Sam on a 15-yard pass, quarterback Fabian Walker connected with fullback B.J. Dean on a 14-yard pass play, and tailback Willie Reid added a 15-yard run to pace the offense. Defensively, end Eric Moore recorded a sack and safety Kyler Hall broke up a pass. Placekicker Xavier Beitia was good on a 30-yard field goal, his only attempt of the scrimmage.
“I thought the second offense had a good day,” said head coach Bobby Bowden. “They made some things happen and they hadn’t done that before today. The offense is beginning to move the ball better.”
The team then scrimmaged from different locations on the field. Safety Jerome Carter picked off a Rix pass for the only interception of the afternoon. Reid had a six-yard touchdown run to finish a drive that started at the 10-yard line.
“Willie Reid looks like he’s for real,” said Bowden. “He’s running really good and has done it everyday and in every scrimmage. He gives you some of the same stuff Warrick Dunn gives you – the sideways, make you miss type of thing. He’s not big, but he’s as quick as a cat.”
The team will practice again on Wednesday and Friday before Saturday’s 2:00 p.m. spring game in Doak Campbell Stadium. Admission to the spring game is free and the gates will open at 1:00 p.m. The Seminole Village Interactive area on Langford Green will open at 12:00 noon.
Injury report: WR Craphonso Thorpe (right great toe sprain), OL Ron Lunford (right ankle sprain) and WR Joey Kaleikini (right shoulder AC contusion). LB Ray Piquion was held out of practice with a right knee sprain.